21 March 2017

News Story: Magdalo - Duterte stance on China 'dereliction of duty'

By Kristian Javier

MANILA, Philippines — Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano said that his group is considering filing a supplemental complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly being subservient to China.

Alejano's statement came after Duterte claimed last week that he allowed China to send survey ships to Benham Rise as part of an agreement.

The Department of Foreign Affairs last week said it was not aware of an agreement or policy over the Benham Rise region.

In an interview on CNN's 'The Source,' Alejano said that the president's action is a matter of national security since there is a conflict of interest with China on the West Philippine Sea, the part of the South China Sea that Manila claims.

"We're talking about national interest here, we're talking about national security here because we have a clear conflict of interest in West Philippine Sea," Alejano said.

China has repeatedly reiterated its position over the South China Sea, saying it has a historical and legal claim over the vast area.

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